This evening I wrote a character reference for my brother for a security certificate he is applying for. It took a little less than 20 minutes and was quite a work of words that I’m proud of. I’m just waiting on him now to give it the all-clear and the document is good to go for printing and signing.
If you’re an adventurous tourist with a very good head for heights and preferably a small pair of feet, come say ‘ni hao’ to the Chang Kong Cliff Road in China’s Shaanxi Province. It’s thousands of feet up Mt. Huashan and is popular among hikers of a steely disposition.
This year marks the transition from the Year of the Dog to that of the Pig, the last animal in the cycle of 12 that represent each year in the shēngxiào, or Chinese zodiac. Pigs are considered a sign of prosperity in Asian culture, and those born in the year of the Pig are said to be sincere, good-natured, and honest.
Today’s Doodle also celebrates the ancient tradition of shadow puppetry, which also has a special place in the festivities. This year, people all over the world can Celebrate Lunar New Year and the ancient storytelling art of shadow puppetry with Shadow Art. Users can form one of the twelve zodiac animal hand gestures in front of their camera and the AI system, built with Tensorflow, will play a short clip matching the shadow puppet that’s been made.
What, you’re just going to walk away without even so much as a handshake or even one of those cool vertical palm slaps…. ok (sad face)… you broke my heart… I’ll high-five myself… and I won’t forget this meeting *forever alone*